Mar 25, 2013 6:00pm PDT
defense of marriage cases that will be argued the following day. we don't know yet how all of this will be move legally. but the politics surrounding this legal matter are increasingly weighty and predictable on the left. and on the right, they are increasingly incoherent and low-rent and even occasionally pathet pathetic. does that imbalance in the politics here, does the fact that the spokesperson on the right on this issue is maybe gary bauer and the spokesperson on the left of this issue is the leading legal likes of both the republican and democratic party. does that imbalance, politically, affect expectations for how the court is going to hear and rule on this case? and should it? joining us now is kengy osheena, the chief justice of constitution until law at nyu law school. he'll be in the courtroom tomorrow to hear the legal arguments in the prop 8 case. professor osheena, thanks very much for being here tonight. >> it's great to be here, rachel. >> first of all, can you sum upper fus up for us, what is th basic question the court will be deciding tomorrow? >> there are two
Mar 20, 2013 9:00pm PDT
the back of a truck there. the president visiting the israeli air defense system that has a name that sounds like it comes out of a comic book. the iron dome. a big iron dome fly swatter paid for in part by the united states. and that's where our domestic politics intruded on today's presidential trip abroad. we are still trying to wrap our heads around the self-inflicted, unnecessary, designed to be dumb budget cuts. the sequester. and yes, those cuts include the funding for the iron dome. at his press conference today with his israely counterpart, the president oohed and awed. >> we're providing more security assistance and advanced technology to israel than ever before. and that includes more support for the missile defenses like iron dome. we will take steps to ensure that there is no interruption of funding for iron dome. >> taking steps to ensure that there's no interruption of funding for iron dome. one of the ways to not interrupt the funding of the iron dome would be to get rid of the sequester. we're not talking about that. we're talking about trying to mitigate its effects.
Mar 22, 2013 1:00am PDT
to cut the budget deficits and cut defense spending and simplify the tax code and lower tax rates. in a deal with president obama they could get the first four, more deficit reduction, protect defense, the democratic president would get some cover in cutting medicare and social security and they could simplify the tax code by taking out expenditures. they are now saying they want none of those things and also not going to get the tax rates and keep the sequester and not have a deal. i've asked a lot of them to walk me through the reasoning here and honestly never come to an answer i understand a little bit. >> does that mean they're post policy. even some things that seem like constants don't actually a matter them, it's pure politics, just positioning themselves vis-a-vis the president and not interested in a particular outcome for the country? >> i would like to have an answer where that isn't true. i really would. i've been trying to find it. i'm sure part is i'm not smart enough to do so or found the right people to have spoken to them. it's hard to come up with one. we can go